Houston Community College presents Darla Barolini Lawrence: "Wall to Wall - An Exploration of Portraiture in Space" opening reception
Houston Community College and The Center of Excellence for Visual and Performing Arts will present the artwork of art professor Darla Barolini Lawrence in her solo exhibition, "Wall to Wall - An Exploration of Portraiture in Space."
Originally inspired by high school students, the artist paints them in fun and vibrant colors. To set the stage for the paintings, Barolini uses strong lines and bold brush strokes of color. The work is often about connections and crossing the bridge of separateness that we all feel. We inhabit a myriad of different forms that are heavily anchored by so many social conventions and structures, that we often lose sight of the fact that we are all just manifestations of life.
The life-size or larger scale of the subjects causes the viewer to become an unwitting next figure in these works; the viewer becomes surrounded by larger than life figures staring directly at them or in other directions surrounding them. The viewer may have the feeling of being part of the event that they are looking onto. At the same time, the works convey the feeling of looking onto something where the people are truly themselves. A few of the paintings in the series include collage elements and mixed media.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through March 11.